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Poster: Seto-Kaiba_Is_Stupid Date: Feb 5, 2009 2:08am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Hey Video-Cellar, I Need help confirming item is PD

Published 1967.
No copyright notice.
Pre-recorded, and repeated several times within the next few months.
United States.
Never submitted for copyright.

Considering all the confusing tricks of US copyright law, is this show really public domain? Would other shows like it also be PD?

Cause if it is PD, then that opens up a huge amount of shows that could be uploaded. Several late-60's/early-70's TV shows fit this discription.

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffVideo-Cellar Date: Feb 5, 2009 4:44am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: Hey Video-Cellar, I Need help confirming item is PD

If a TV show meets all of those criteria it is public domain. If it was pretaped (on film or video) contained no notice and was network broadcast, repeated, syndicated, etc and was made before 1978 it would be PD regardless of whether it was ever reg'd with the copyright office. A show made between 1978-1 March 89 could be redeemed by being registered within 5 years from broadcast/publication date to secure copyright.

I know that that opens up a lot of show. Particularly late 60s daytime TV, game shows and Late night shows. EG The Dick Cavett Show didn't carry notices until about 1972 and season one of Star Trek and The Invaders fall into this catagory too. But this does tend to bring out the networks/producers and their wicked copyfraudulent ways. So look for possible "underlying" copyrights.

This post was modified by Video-Cellar on 2009-02-05 12:44:46

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Poster: Seto-Kaiba_Is_Stupid Date: Feb 5, 2009 4:31am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: Hey Video-Cellar, I Need help confirming item is PD

Thanks. The program I had in mind, is indeed a daytime show, an unpopular soap opera to be exact.